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Ethics Reform in Louisiana (2008)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2008-01-23

Duration: 00:57:17

Subjects: Government accountability | Jindal, Bobby, 1971- | State legislators | Filmed panel discussions | Transparency in government | Ethics


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Jindal, Bobby Interviewee
  • Perry, T.O Interviewee
  • Harris, Jim Interviewee
  • Brandt, Jim Interviewee
  • Goidel, Kirby Interviewee
  • Sherberne, Richard Interviewee
  • Redman, Carl Interviewee
  • Carl, Michael Speaker
  • Dyson, Milton Speaker
  • Wilbur, Dianna Speaker
  • Burch, Bill Speaker
  • Mann, Chip Speaker
  • MacDavitt, Laura Speaker
  • Park, Pat Speaker
  • Brumfield, James Speaker
  • Kinchen, Gus Speaker
  • Datz, Jack Speaker
  • Cole, Jerry Speaker
  • Addison, Gaynell Speaker
  • O'Brien, Elena Speaker
  • Weinstein, Barry Panelist
  • Cazayoux, Donald Panelist
  • Goidel, Kirby Panelist
  • Barrow, Bill Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from January 23, 2008, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the mandate for ethics reform issued by newly elected Governor Bobby Jindal. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Governor Bobby Jindal; T.O. Perry, former Louisiana Ethics Board member; Jim Harris, lobbyist and communications specialist; Jim Brandt, head of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR); Kirby Goidel, head of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab; Richard Shorberne, lead counsel for the Louisiana Ethics Administration; and Carl Redman, executive editor at The Advocate newspaper. The audience members then discuss whether Louisiana’s government being unethical is a perception or the reality and how to enforce better ethics laws. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Rabbi Barry Weinstein, developer at Louisiana Ethics 1; State Representative Donald Cazayoux Jr.; Kirby Goidel, director of LSU Office of Public Policy Research; and Bill Barrow, reporter at the Times Picayune Newspaper. They discuss: transparency in government and campaign spending, the exceptions to ethics laws that benefit many politicians, and if we need more ethics laws or just better enforcement of the ones already in place. This program was preserved through a 2022-2023 Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman